KINGMAN - A Kingman High School alumni has been recognized as a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Kurtis Manley graduated from KHS in 1979 and is a physician assistant at Kingman Regional Medical Center.
He practices primary care at Kingman Family Practice located in the Medical Professional Center on the KRMC campus. He has been a physician assistant for more than 12 years, the last three with KRMC. Manley has been working with supervising physician Dr. Kevin Brown for the last six months.
Physician assistants are licensed health care professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, physician assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illness, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery and prescribe medications.
AAPA is the only national organization representing physician assistants in all medical and surgical specialties and is one of the largest medical societies in the U.S. Founded in 1968, the Academy works to promote quality, cost effective health care and the professional and personal growth of PAs.
Manley earned the recognition due to his outstanding contributions to patient care and the profession during his years as a physician assistant. He also demonstrated significant dedication and involvement in the community.
Manley joined the United States Navy after graduation from KHS. He attained the rank of chief petty officer before retiring as a lieutenant.
He serves as a director at large for the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants and is currently a candidate for the president-elect. He is the regional coordinator for the Northern Arizona University PA Program and is a member of the Kingsmen.